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It was only in May that Satyricon closed, but a new club has already claimed its place. Joey Brooks and Craig Harris, former owners of long-defunct nightclub Moody's, have redecorated and re-christened the historic venue.
Satyricon is now Icon, and a light projection over the bar proudly displays the new logo: a giant eye over the block letters "CON." Moody's has been resurrected to replace the former Fellini.
Three former stages, built off each other, were removed to restructure the main space. Dance cages flank black, scattered platforms of varying heights; kaleidoscope light projections whirl beneath a DJ booth lofted above the dance floor.
Icon's retooling seems more appropriate for DJ dance nights than riotous bands. Indeed, Brooks' plans for the club bear little resemblance to its forefather. Vague on specifics, he emphasizes an eclectic format that doesn't cater to a particular niche, but favors theme nights and "national live acts. Everything from underground house to rock 'n' roll," he says.
This contrasts Satyricon's one-time role as cradle of the punk community, its prime marked by former owner George Touhouliotis's affection for and entrenchment in the scene. The new ownership seems more polished and focused. "I'm not in this just to make friends," clarifies Brooks. "I'm in this to make money."
Brooks is making an effort to preserve the Satyricon legacy, of which he himself was a part. One wall remains wallpapered with old flyers, memorializing glory days that are long passed. Prior to purchasing, Brooks and Harris spent time in Satyricon, observing its decline. "The only time it was full were the wrestling nights," he says. "But people are like, 'Well, I went and saw somebody there in 1996.'"
Only time will tell if Icon and Moody's can withstand the scrutiny of the masses without dropping off the radar like a cheap, strip-mall disco. Brooks hopes to keep it as a downtown, underground club, not a meat market destination for suburbanites. "All you can do," he says, "is build it, and make it as cool as you can."